Bartlett Yancey High, now with school board approval to begin athletic competition, is working through the complexities of making that happen against the backdrop of Covid-19.
Cross country and volleyball competitions will be the first to launch, according to a revised schedule from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. They're scheduled to start in November.
But the revised schedule, announced in a Sept. 8 statement, pushed football practice back to early February, men's soccer to mid January and women's tennis to mid April. All three are normally fall sports.
Spectators won't be allowed under current NCHSAA protocols, which were developed as a precaution against the spread of Covid.
“Parents can remain in their cars, if desired,” the Sept. 8 statement reads. “However, there must be no congregating allowed in the parking lot or on adjacent fields.”
Among the challenges for BY coaches and administrators: developing a schedule of games when some traditional rivals are in school districts that have yet to decide whether to allow competition. That includes the Alamance-Burlington School System. Two Alamance schools – Cummings and Graham – are in the Mid State 2A Conference with BY.
“It's real complicated,” said BY principal Lance Stokes.
The Caswell County Board of Education agreed late last month to allow Bartlett Yancey teams to begin workouts and competitions in accordance with guidelines set out by the NCHSAA.
Cross country and volleyball are scheduled to begin practice Nov. 4 and conduct their first competitions Nov. 16.
The NCHSAA scheduled to rest of the teams as follows:
Basketball: first practice Dec. 7 and first game Jan. 4
Mens soccer: first practice Jan. 11 and first game Jan. 25
Football: first practice Feb. 8 and first game Feb. 26
Womens soccer: first practice March 1 and first game March 15
Softball: first practice March 1 and first game March 15
Golf: first practice March 1 and first match March 15
Womens tennis: first practice April 12 and first match April 26
Wrestling: first practice April 12 and first match April 26
Track and field: first practice April 12 and first meet April 26
The NCHSAA said in the Sept. 8 statement that it relied on guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Dept. of Health and Human Services in drawing up the revised schedules.
But, the statement cautions, it all could change.
“The information and circumstances concerning COVID-19 remain fluid and variable,” the statement reads. “Therefore, these guidelines are subject to change in conjunction with new knowledge of COVID-19 or changing social conditions.”